Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole

In less than 30 minutes you can have this Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole whipped up. A little bit spicy, a little bit creamy, and a whole lot of cheesy– this one dish dinner has it all.

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Do you ever have those days where you impulse buy things you don’t usually use or particularly need just because it’s on sale and you have a killer coupon?

Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole shown on a navy blue plate set on top of a striped dish cloth

That happens to me more often than I would probably care to admit.

a silver spoon is shown with a scoop of Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole

I mean, if the final price is going to be almost FREE, it just seems like doing the store a favor to take the merchandise off of their hands.

Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole is shown on a navy blue plate on a striped dish towel with another plate of the pasta dish in the background

That, and I get a little bit of a rush.

Call it a ‘cheap high’.

Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole served on a blue plate with the casserole in the background

That’s exactly how I ended up with several packages of smoked sausage in my freezer that needed cooking and no ideas about what to do with it.

cheesy sausage and pasta casserole served on a blue plate set on top of a striped dish towel on top of a wooden blue back ground

Then I came across this cheesy nugget of a recipe at Kevin & Amanda‘s blog and decided to give it a go.

You can never go wrong with a pasta and cheese combo. Well, you can’t in my book anyway. I recently met someone who didn’t like cheese. Like, any cheese. Mind was blown, but that’s a story for another day.

Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole in a white casserole dish, shown on top of a striped dishcloth with a wooden spoon and blue serving plates in the background

I altered the original recipe a bit to feed my larger family and this Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole is now one of my ‘fan favorites’. Seriously, it’s delicious. Give it a try…your taste buds will thank you.

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Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole

A saucy cheese pasta is studded with chunks of smoked sausage for a quick & easy casserole any night.
4.22 from 14 votes
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Course: Casserole
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced into coins
  • 1 lb rotini pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes & green chilies
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions


  • Over medium high heat, add olive oil to a dutch oven and toss with smoke sausage and onions. Saute until lightly browned. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, only about 30 seconds.
  • Add in broth, tomatoes, half and half, pasta, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer until pasta is tender.
  • Remove the pot from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese.
  • Transfer to a casserole or baking dish and top with remaining cup of cheese and scallions. Broil until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly.
  • Serve & enjoy!
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Pictures Updated 7/14/17

15 thoughts on “Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole

  1. 5 stars
    The spicy sausage casserole was bomb! Great recipe I definitely enjoyed it! My lord hasn’t made it home yet to eat i pretty sure he’s gonna enjoy he love anything that’s spicy. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. Is this this altered recipe for more people? I am looking to feed six and this seems like it would feed more than four.

    1. Technically, you could- but it wouldn’t be the same dish. This is meant to have that ‘one dish’ feel, which means a lot of the flavor comes from the pasta cooking in the mixture and really absorbing those flavors. If you want to go ahead with the cooked pasta, you’ll want to reduce the broth to just 1/4-1/2 cup.

  3. This is one of my family’s favorites, but I’m wondering about freezing it. Have you tried? And at what temp and for how long would you bake to heat it up?

  4. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious and so easy! I used veggie pasta just to add a bit of “healthy “. It was so good! Thank you!

    1. Then just let it bake in the oven until the cheese is melted. You could even add the cheese a little earlier if you want.

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